The reader was great.
The prince is a funny character.
All of them.
In this last book the protagonist makes a few uncharacteristically unwise decisions that left me scratching my head. Those decisions seemed to drive the story to the desired conclusion the author wanted. The story got a little tiresome 3/4 of the way into it. The ending was good.
To sum up this book in one headline: "I will not be your soldier; ok I will, but don't ask me why, i don't know" I sat through this and in the end I felt like this could have been 1/5th of the length and gotten the same message and level of enjoyment across. It took a long time to build up to nothing. The saddest part is the fact that there were parts of a foundation for a great story in the book.
The book does not really take off until about half way though, but when it does take off it keeps going. I initially thought it would be about the silly exploits of a group of friends while going through an adventure, but it turned out to be different in a way that kept me listening. I only wish to did not take so long to build to the real story.
In the Prince of Thorn's (POT) series, readers (whether you liked the book or not) were fascinated by a protagonist that most people did not really feel ok about liking. The character drove that book and the same happens in this book, but with an exception. The characteristics of this protagonist drives this book, but the writer did not try to make him another POT, but rather created a totally different personality that made me laugh many times throughout the book. I actually liked this book better than the POT.
Top ten sci-fi
Imagine waking up in a world where advances in technology, science, and economics have been suppressed in a manner that leaves everyone in this world ignorant of the fact that these things are being suppressed or even exist. In addition, the people in this world are decedents of people you once knew or worked with; people who existed at the zenith human technological and scientific advancement. People who built advance computers and spaceships. Furthermore you find that your own tenuous religious beliefs have been high-jacked while you were "asleep" and twisted to keep the people in this world under control and not advancing. You are able to reintroduce the knowledge of centuries of technological, economical, and scientific advancements. What would you do knowing that there is a great unknown threat these people need to start preparing to face? What would you do if there were safeguards put in place within the altered religion to make sure that if you did step forward with everything, people would view you as evil and bent on destroying their world?
This book series is well written and a great read. It is fascinating to see how things we take for granted like the "0" in our numbering system could radically change a world if it was suddenly introduce to intelligent people who just did not know about it and who used a roman numerical numbering system instead.
I almost stopped listening to this book when within the first hour or so I was introduced to a knight, vampire, talking unicorn, witch, troll, demon, and a talking dragon.-I love the fantasy genre, but it needs to be a little believable. Nonetheless I stuck in there (I was on the road and could not download another book), once half of those characters were dropped the story was not that bad.
Even if you are not into the sci-fi/fantasy genre you can appreciate this story. It takes an interesting look into how immigrants in the past may have seen the world. It was an elegant mix of humor, sadness and hopes. I really enjoyed it.
This second book in the series goes on to add ghost and zombies into the mix of way two many creatures from book 1. Ok, I tried to stick it out again, but then individuals who in book-1 spoke as if from the medieval times, all the sudden started having 1980s slapstick dialog that used words like ectoplasmic (like from "Ghost Busters"-really), crucifix, and swearing by Jesus. It was as if the characters got in a time machine and left the middle ages and ended up in the 1980s for book 2 and did not tell the author. It just got ridiculous. Maybe there was eventually an explanation, but if there was it had to be some convoluted nonsense.
This installment alternates between the progression of the survivors on Koban and the Krall invasion into human occupied space. Like the first book, the story keeps building at a good space with few areas that get a little boring. I enjoyed this installment and only wish that there was more time on showing the genetic modifications.
This book just never got boring. The concept is captivating and fresh. I like authors who can build the foundations of a story while keeping the story interesting and moving. Great read.
The story was ok. Not boring, but nothing special. However it does seen to have the potential to become a pretty good series.
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